At age seven, Gelo got his first
professional performance. Because he did get paid, as his family
tossed him coins as he danced away to "Saturday Night Fever"
during parties. Coming from a family of singers, he was a natural
performer, developing his love for music at an early age.
the time he was sixteen, he joined church choir after church
choir. So when it was time to pick a college course, he took
up Nursing. He had fun stabbing his classmates in the arm with
a syringe, but only half as much fun as singing.
made his way to the U.P. College of Music from which he almost
immediately filed a leave of absence since he was recruited by
the U.P. Madrigal Singers. Gelo began joining tours in 1991 and
travelled extensively throughout Europe, the United States and
was with the group that he got his break as a soloist. It was
number that required great vocal technique and prowess and certain
pharyngeal contortions. And Gelo was unquestionably the only
guy fit for the hit a capella version of"Humanap Ka Ng Pangit"
("Find Someone Ugly'), a composition by rapper-comedian
Andrew E. Other solos followed, such as one of the operatic transvestites
for the musical satire "Italian Salad". But his claim
to fame was in the genius of a composition "The Coconut
Nut". He thus became known as the dancing "Buko Man".
Who else but he could do the calypso amidst a semi-circle of
classical singers. Needless, to say, he cracked them up.
charisma made him a well-liked choir conductor, making singing
a joyous activity for parishoners, college kids and company employees.
His talents established him as a session vocalist, doing live
shows and recordings as a back-up singer. And now with III of
A Kind, he may be sharing the stage, but he is doing what he
loves most, and that is to wear nice clothes. While singing,